Boeing today rolled out the first 737 MAX 7 model at its Renton factory to assembled employees.
The aircraft is the next in the MAX lineup which so far has been wowing airlines and customers in the larger 8 model. The MAX 9 has also made an appearance.
The MAX 7 is the third and newest member of Boeing’s 737 MAX family to come down the assembly line. The jet is designed for up to 172 passengers and a maximum range of 3,850 nautical miles, which is the longest range of the MAX airplane family.
“For our airline customers serving airports at high altitudes or remote locations, the MAX 7 is the ideal complement to their fleet. We look forward to demonstrating the incredible flexibility and range of this airplane,” said Keith Leverkuhn, vice president and general manager of the 737 MAX program, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “This is the third 737 MAX family member our team has successfully introduced in just three years. That’s a phenomenal accomplishment and a testament to the dedication of the entire 737 team.”
This first MAX 7, with registration N7201S, will now undergo system checks, fueling and engine runs on the flight line in Renton. The aircraft is the first of two MAX 7 flight test airplanes, and will begin its flight testing program in the coming weeks.
Southwest Airlines is set to be the launch customer of the Boeing 737 MAX 7 some time in 2019.